By Arwen Pascua
MANILA — Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group Director PBGen Warren F. De Leon announced today (Saturday, 21 January 2023) ) the arrest of two dismissed PNP personnel involved in a kidnapping case of an e-sabong master agent after they surrendered to IMEG Team 4A Thursday (January 19, 2023).
The two suspects, out of three subjects of the warrant of arrest issued by Hon. Luvida Padolina Roque, Presiding Judge, RTC Br. 29, San Pablo City, Laguna dated January 17, 2023; was charged with the crime of Kidnapping and Serious Illegal Detention (RPC ART 267) with Criminal Case No. 32710 and Robbery with Violence (RPC ART 294) with Criminal Case Nos. 32706, 32707, and 32709 with recommended bail amounting to P400,000.00 in each case; and Kidnapping and Serious Illegal Detention (RPC ART 267 as amended by RA 18 and RA 1084) under Criminal Case No. 32710 with “NO BAIL” recommended.
“After a series of negotiations, our Team 4A have convinced these two former PNP personnel to surrender and already stop putting the image of the PNP in a bad light,” De Leon said.
The suspects were accordingly involved in a kidnapping incident of an e-sabong master agent, Ricardo Lasco, who was illegally arrested by cops pretending to be members of the NBI in his house in Laguna.
“May these efforts, remind our kababayans that the PNP under the leadership of our Chief PNP PGen Rodolfo S. Azurin Jr. tries its best to cleanse the organization of few undesirable members. The PNP is very serious and concerned with ensuring that the Filipino people get the kind of service they can trust and depend on. Mahirap ngunit walang impossible sa organisasyong nagkakaisa.” De Leon said. (ai/mtvn)